I Ching (Book of Changes)

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The I Ching is a sacred book. Of Chinese origin. It is speculated that it was written from 1122 to 221 BC It is more than a book. It is an intense commitment to self-knowledge. Realizing that the phenomena of nature are present in the heart of the human being. It is said that the obvious is the answer, perhaps many times the hardest to see. It is enough to contemplate the seasons, with their fluctuating and cyclical rhythm, to understand that only love and change remain.

The Master, as I like to call him, invokes faith and the path to virtue. It allows us to create or define where the fire of the will and discover the concrete resources to reach its consummation. The compression of situations, for the correct choice, if you follow the wise. For the wise man is the one who has integrated himself and from there, he consecrates himself to serve Mother Earth and her children, faithful and attentive to the divine. The message of the five elements must be assimilated into flesh and soul: water, wood, fire, earth, metal. Also, there are thunder, the mountain, the wind and the lake.

Wisdom book and also oracle. Studied by religious, scientists, philosophers, artists, self-taught. The Tao Te King, by Lao Tsé, is a perfume of the Master, as it has been studied by the sage. Like Confucius, who interprets part of what is known as Ten Wings. In the case of the edition that I evoke, published by the Editorial Sudamericana, it consists of three books: The Text, The Material and The Comments. The first reveals the fundamental mechanism, the 64 Hexagrams; the second, the behind the combination of the Hexagramas, the why; and the last, the 64 Hexagrams from a technical perspective.

64 are the codons of the Human Genetic Code. The codons are a sequence that will shape the structure of RNA to encode a protein, these being those that will be part of tissues or some function of the organism.

What are hexagrams? The union of two natural elements or phenomena, which build a complete and complex image. The hexagram is formed by two trigrams, the element or phenomenon. To make it easier, there are three lines that combine with three others. The streams are feminine, the masculine whole. Yin and Yang. It is difficult to explain how to consult. I will try to make it simple. Currently three coins are used, which must be shot six times. Each roll forms a line, yin or yang, old or young, the old calls are the ones that mutate, they transform into their opposite. Always depending on the sequence of the three coins thrown one at a time. In this way the Hexagram¸ is built, which is also named as a Sign. In the case of mutable lines, if they have left (sequence where the coins come out, the three of them come out as “cross” or “face”), these are recommendations, even warnings of extreme precision; that when they turn against each other they will build a new Hexagram. Or several, like a transition to the last one. In my experience, the end has been predictive. But it does not always happen. In that case, the consultant receives a single Sign in response: the explanation of what he is living.

The Sign is divided into three sections: the first expands the characteristics of the elements or phenomena in combination; the second, “The Opinion”, begins with a poetic text, to then indicate the current instance; then, “The Image”, again starts with poetry and offers the necessary instruction for the right action.

The Book of Changes begins with Yang and Yin, the primary forces, the Penetrating and the Receptive, Heaven and Earth and, The Dragon and the Mare: Hexagrams 1 and 2. Opposites that complement each other to devise and materialize all that exists.

Jung considered the Book of Changes to be a diving of the unconscious. Approaching synchronicity, the interior that resonates with the outside and closes a Gestalt. A unique form that perhaps reveals the secret plot that governs what we perceive as reality. He also believed that by consulting him, the answer is his own speech or that of the one for whom it is consulted. Like the Tarot and Astrology, it is an extensive pilgrimage oriented to know oneself. It requires courage, because not all Hexagramas are luminous, like the mutable lines.

Richard Wilhelm, who translated from Chinese into German the I Ching, accompanied by his Chinese teacher, Lao Nai Hsüan, whose family tree was Confucius, spent ten years to bequeath what was considered ancient in ancient times. Later, English was translated into Spanish.

The Tao Te King states: “Thus the great man observes the deep and not the superficial”. Here is the essence of the Book. Depth also implies the effort to reach equilibrium in the face of universal changes. It should be noted that all human instances are contained in The I King and grant a kind of compass to act passively or actively.

I return to Heaven and Earth. Large. Ch’ien, Yang, also Father, the masculine, the temporal. Strong, primary, spiritual, active and luminous energy. Where the idea is the beginning that body must achieve. The divinity and his work. K’un, Yin, we could call her Mother, the feminine, the spatial. Energy of sweetness, delivery, firmness, softness, embodiment. Heaven germinates on Earth, this union gives life and beauty to each Kingdom.

When observing the symbol of Yin Yang, knowing that a symbol shows and at the same time hidden, the white color corresponds to the Creative and the black to the Receptive. The undulating separation alludes to a dance, while the opposite seeds in each color, according to some authors, can be interpreted as that each germ is capable of transmuting itself in its opposite. The circle, number 0, for example, in the Marsellés Tarot, arcane El Loco, is the energy without beginning or end; the Uroboros, the snake biting its tail, the eternal cycle; and the astrological symbol of the Sun, a circle with a point in the center, representing identity, among numerous meanings.

For more than a decade, the Master accompanies me, being the council, the answer: in every confusion, in every search, in every tear, in every celebration. I rarely resort to him, when life forces me to experience effects, whose causes I do not know, or not. It depends on the belief: Kybalion and its Law of Cause and Effect. “The wise man is attentive to the causes, the foolish is afraid of the effects”. I also believe in the five virtues, which are proclaimed by some Taoist schools in Buenos Aires: benevolence, courtesy, wisdom, justice and the highest: Faith. Let us remember that Taoism and Confucianism originate in The Book of Mutations.

Sacred I Ching, teaching about cycles, of earth and sky; invisible world that gives us signals, while the Eye of Providence observes; the challenge of facing our vulgar and our virtuous; the abysses and summits from the inside, from the outside, without ever forgetting: “in the cracks is God, who lurks”.

Thanks, teacher.